Belgian GP: Lewis Hamilton Extends Championship Lead, Ricciardo Finishes Fourth

The Silver Arrows recorded yet another one-two in the hybrid-era of Formula 1.

Lewis Hamilton has taken victory at the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix, extending his lead in the Drivers’ Standings to 47 points over Max Verstappen and 50 points over teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Bottas, who finished in second place, closed the gap on Verstappen in the standings to just three points.

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The Dutchman recorded his sixth consecutive podium in Formula 1 today, but his Red Bull didn’t have the pace to match the Mercedes W11 on this occasion.

The two Renaults secured their best result of the season, with Daniel Ricciardo finishing fourth and Esteban Ocon overtaking Alex Albon on the last lap to cross the finish line in fifth position.

Ricciardo also recorded the fastest lap of the Grand Prix, winning him an extra World Championship point.

The two Ferraris had an abysmal race, with both cars clearly lacking straight-line speed – most evidently down the Kemmel straight.

Sebastian Vettel ended the Belgian Grand Prix in 13th position, while Charles Leclerc brought his Ferrari across the line in P14.

Leclerc had a good opening lap and managed to get into the top 10, but was easily overtaken by several cars in the subsequent laps, dropping him out of the points.

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Ferrari are now fifth in the Constructors’ Standings, just two points ahead of Renault.

They are likely to lose points to the French works team at the upcoming Italian Grand Prix and drop to sixth in the standings.

Mclaren driver Carlos Sainz, who will leave the team for Ferrari at the end of year, didn’t get to start the race due to an exhaust failure.

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